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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,659 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,659
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 188
Gots: 466 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very pale straw yellow. Slightly hazy. Big bubble head was a bit harder to build than most Pilsners. Not much retention either.

S- Sweet, lemony, floral euro hops cut by a strong but smooth slightly musty graininess. A bit of white grapefruit in there too.

T- Oh wow. Very smooth taste. A tiny bt of pilsner malt sweetness at the beginning. Bordering on watery in the finish but not a problem. Hop bitterness has a lot of zing reminding me of chewing on a tiny piece of hop cone.

M- Smooth like butter.... not really but you get the point. Of course the carbonation is very present and tingly but when it foams up on the swallow, man is that smooth. Dry finish.

D- Very good. Clean, tasty, interesting. Only thing I'd ask for is a bit more malt flavor instead of the tiny bit of wateriness.

About as good as expected.
In the summer, on tap, this must be nuts. I'd buy it regularly if it was sold here.

Finished off the bottle with some ordinary medium cheddar and it was great if not better.

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerAngel
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear and very pale yellow with numerous bubbles racing to the top to reach the pure white 2 finger head that awaits them. The aromas of floral hops and a light earthy scent make the taste buds antsy. Wow! First off, you taste the floral hops again along with nice lightly sweet mild earthy malt. A very crisp and clean light bodied brew that finishes with a dry hop. This creates a higher drinkability in this brew due to the dryness making you want more as well as a very nice flavor. Nicely done! Thanks again to Rotsaruch for sending this brew! Cheers!

Photo of poppyjohn
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jjboesen
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snowbound during consecutive blizzards, I needed to survive. Rather than cannibilizing my children for substinence, I opted to crack a few bottles of this fine German pilsner.

The initial pour creates a thick foamy gusher, one which is soon to settle. The color is light gold, a translucent body that welcomes a bright sheen of natural light. It is clean looking; there is a quick moving school of carbonation bubbles within, all of them racing to the top. The nose receives a thick slab of wet grass that finishes with a subtle teasing of lemony furniture polish. The palate cannot decide which is more potent: the sweet malt tease or the pleasant hoppy blast. Perhaps, they balance out one another? The beer is crisp - as a good pilsner should be. This is an excellent pilsner, one that makes up for a quaff that occurs in snow choked Maryland instead of the beautiful cobbled streets of Prague.

A wonderfl summer beer ... yes; but one that makes for a pleasant quaff even in amidst the doldrum of winter.

Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times but just got around to reviewing it, recently bought the newly available to my region anyway mixed 12 pack of beers from Victoy which included (Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden monkey). I poured this beer into a pilsner glass it poured a beautiful golden color that left a thin white head on top. The body is clear, clean, and left only carbonated bubbles in the glass. The aroma is straw, hay, grass, earthy rustic peppery hops that really make this pilsner enjoyable. The taste is crisp, refreshing, balanced bitter bite with a lemon and honey fruitiness to the beer. I love lagers and due to the main offerings available here in the united states they get a bad wrap but this one helps debunk the myth that all lagers are flavorless, watery, beers. Cheers to Victory for another great offering.

Photo of DCgolfpro
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of aqualung23
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jkrich
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with "enjoy by" date 12/12/07 which indicates this is a fresh beer. Purchased at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

Poured a light, clear, golden color with a persistent white head into a pilsner flute.

Open opening bottle could detect the flowery hop aroma of the European hops typical of a fresh pilsner.

Initial taste of pleasant hop bitterness followed by a slight malty sweetness - a well rounded mouthful. The sweetness reminds me more of a Czech pilsner than a German interpretation. Either way, this is a sophisticated, elegant pilsner

Excellent session beer to enjoy any time of the year. I am always impressed with a brewery that attempts and succeeds at brewing a world class pilsner as this is a very difficult style to brew.

Photo of beertaster13
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour wasn't spectacular, looks pale yellow like most lagers and pilsners, the head was more frothy, lacing was nice. The smell has a nice toasted grain and yeast dough, a nice floral and citrus hop are very noticable. The taste is perfect, a nice light grain and toast upfront followed by a great but not overly powerful floral hop, a hint of lemon tingle to the hop as well, light bodied and a very good session beer. This is one of those beers than will convert those big 3 drinkers into craft lovers.

Photo of malty
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoy by: Sept. 30 '05

Pale yellow in color with crystal clear brilliance. Bright white head that descends to a thin, tiny bubble blanket. Great lacing.

The scent of this beer is very bright and fresh first off. Lemon grass and hay. Crisp hop aroma hovers above the faint (but apparent) soft malts.

The flavor replicates the scent to a 'T'. Zesty fresh hops engulf the tongue with a perfect balance of somewhat bready malts as the backbone. A light sweetness arises from the clean dry flavors, which remind me of homemade sugar cookies - daddy likey.

Mouthfeel is superb. Kinetic, fine carbonation, which makes the light-med. body dance across the tongue. Graceful long dry and oh so faintly sweet finish.

Drinkability is top-notch. Couldn't imagine when or where this fine beer would get tiresome.

Overall a splendid rendition of a very difficult style to nail. I adore the hopped-up approach this beer is noted for. The awesome balance of the dryness-to-sweetness is unmatched. The only thing I'm not happy with is that it's taken me so long to get my hands on some. Move over Sierra Summerfest and Dortmunder Gold, Prima is taking the top bunk.

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden brew with a 1 1/2" white head. Large bubbles shoot sporadically to the surface. Head falls to a cap and leaves some light lacing.

S- Soft hops. Herbal. Hay. Fresh mowed lawn.

T- Awesome! Biscuity. Fresh bread. Nice malty balance. Spicy hop. Light bitterness in the finish.

M- Good mouthfeel. Crisp, clean. Great dry finish.

D- Outstanding. I will definitely come back to this. Easily my favorite in the pilsner category.

Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of orfeu
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden straw with a short-lived, pristine white head. Pungent noble hop aromas, grassy and sulfuric -- spot on for the style. Grassy hop flavor that's definitely a cut above most pilsners. Smooth malt presence, but this one is all about European lupulin. Crisp, clean mouthfeel; quenching and quite drinkable. Not my favorite style, but when the mood strikes, this is the one to seek out.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle serving. Enjoy by Nov 21 05, oops.

Light, highly carbonated, yellow body with a large white head.

Nose is slightly sulfurous, nice and malty, florally hopped.

Flavor is very characteristic of German Pilseners. Really reminds me of how Bitburger tastes in Germany, (not as good in the US, though). Crisp malt up front. Later on the palate, lemon flavor is noticeable, floral hops are all over the finish. It's very tangy and tasty, should be good on a hot day, too.

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a zip on the finish.

Drinkability is great! This stuff goes down like magic. Will probably be a summer favorite for me this year.

Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen (closest thing to a pils glass that i had on hand), one finger head, crystal clear pale yellow color, great lacing, good amount of bubbles.

s- bright, little spice, slight corn, grass.

t- nice pils, nice amount of floral hops hit in the back, pretty light with an almost dry finish, crisp.

m- nice and light, refreshing.

d- totally drinkable, could be sessioned easily, very tasty.

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cubedbee
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottles says enjoy by 4/2/05, but I've been drinking them and they taste fine to me. Pours a clear straw color with a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring. Nose is pretty hoppy--both floral and citrus coming through over a sweet malt. Taste is a refreshing light malt with an aggressive grassy hop finish, with some caramel and lemon notes coming through here and there. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip. Medium bodied, this beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel. This is definitely one of the better tasting pilsners I've had, especially for hopheads.

Photo of gfreed
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sunny, straw color with cottony head that bubbles happily for many minutes before fading. Lemony and citrusy in the nose, and also very lightly spiced with pepper (?), leading into a mouthful of fizz that feels great on a summer day. Hops are quite present in the taste but not so much that we enter grapefruit territory. A nice line of malt stays present throughout. Definitely a summer beer, and one to keep on hand. A tad more body than the world-class Weihenstephan lager, and no less wonderful to drink.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with bright white cap and sticky lace.
Aromas of noble Euro hops, grassy spicyness with a bit of skunk whisper. Mild aroma overall.
Tastes much better than it smells. Crisp noble hop bite with hints of lemon, lemongrass, lime, on a pils malt body.
Medium light body with medium+ carbonation.
Enjoyable as a German style Pils, much less skunkyness than some authentic green bottles.

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of andrewjraab
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head. Decnet stick and spotty lace.

S - Fruity, full floral aroma, perfume, yeast and bread dough. Nice nose on this - it intrigues me.

T - Piney and citrus hops, yeast and bready, crackers, balanced by some malts. Finishes dry on the back end.

O - This is not an ordinary run of the mill Pils. It presents some robust flavors with an aggressive hop profile for a pils and really stands out. Victory pumps out some good brews.

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,659 ratings.